The School of Technology maintains a Machine Shop with comprehensive learning facilities available to Michigan Tech students. The shop also offers machine-fabrication services for the campus research community.
The Machine Shop is made up of four distinct areas: a main workshop, where the machinery is housed; an assembly area, where student groups have designated space; a tool room; and a student computer workstation, where CAD may be used. Students have the convenience of working through all phases of a project in one location—from drafting to fabrication to assembly. Additionally, shop hours are extended during the academic year to accommodate students’ schedules.
The shop has a dedicated staff who oversee the shop and provide one-on-one training in the use of their extensive inventory of manual and computerized equipment. The staff also process interdepartmental orders for tensil bars and sharpees used in research.
What equipment is available?
The shop boasts a wide selection of equipment. View the full technical specs for each of the tools listed below.
- Five mills
- Four lathes
- Two drill presses
- Three band saws
- Three sanders, including one combination sander
- Two grinders
- Five different types of welders
- A hydraulic press
- A hydraulic press brake
- A notcher and a bender for working with piping/tubing
- A hydraulic metal shear
- A plasma cutter
- A plasma table
What training is required?
Prior to using the Machine Shop’s facilities, you must complete the following steps:
- Study the Machine Shop Manual, which outlines safety and shop use guidelines.
- Pass an exam that demonstrates you understand the material covered in the manual.
- Attend an on-site safety orientation with an overview of the Machine Shop.
- Received individualized training on the equipment you plan to use.
Testing and training is coordinated by the shop staff.